With prayers, colours, Quetta's Hindu community celebrates Holi

Published: March 8, 2012
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People of all ages were seen on the Masjid Road in the provincial capital celebrating the colourful festival. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

People of all ages were seen on the Masjid Road in the provincial capital celebrating the colourful festival. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA: Hindu community in Quetta and some other parts of Balochistan celebrated Holi on Wednesday.

During this Hindu religious festival, people light bonfires to honour Prahlad, a devotee of the god Vishnu, who was thrown into the fire by Holika. Prahlad escaped unhurt by the blessings of Vishnu but Holika, Prahlad’s aunt, was burnt and died. After prayers and the bonfire, people celebrate by throwing colours.

People of all ages from the community were seen on the Masjid Road in the provincial capital celebrating the colourful festival. “We are enjoying the festival. There are no distinctions between caste, class, age or gender,” said Rahul Kumar, a young man whose shirt was soaked in coloured water.

When asked about increasing incidents of kidnappings in Balochistan another young man replied “please leave this topic because we have decided to enjoy this festival since such occasion comes once in a year.”

Holi was also celebrated in Naushki, Sibi, Dera Murad Jamali, Lasbela, Dadhar, Nasirabad, Mastung, Kalat and Khuzdar. The members of the Hindu community also organised religious ceremonies at their residences and temples.

It is pertinent to mention that the business-oriented Hindu community of the province announced to celebrate the festival with simplicity due to the sharp rise in kidnappings incidents, particularly targeting the traders and businessmen of the community.

According to a rough estimate, the Hindu population in Balochistan is of around 200,000 people and most of them are traders and businessmen.

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  • Mir
    Mar 8, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Happy holy (:

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  • Muhammadd
    Mar 8, 2012 - 9:39PM

    Happy Holi to all my hindu brothers and sisters. I love you all and may this festival of colors bring a lot of colors and happiness in your life. Ameen.

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  • wAQAS
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:42PM

    To all my pakistani hindu brothers and sisters, a lots of love and respect for u guys for staying in Pakistan, despite for not having all the rights and freedom. Happy HOli!

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  • javed sahibzada
    Mar 9, 2012 - 12:48AM

    happy holy to everyone all over the world

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  • BLing BLing
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:05AM

    Holi ke din dil mil jaate hain
    Rangon main rang mil jaate hain

    HOLI HAI

    Happy Holi everyone :)

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  • sat
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:22AM

    happy diwali to all hindu male and female of pakistan.keep up good work.

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  • MarkH
    Mar 9, 2012 - 3:42AM

    When I first saw the picture the first impression I got was that they were going to try and eat my face. Then, when I saw what it was for, I just didn’t know what to think anymore. I’m not taking shots at the celebration itself. I don’t have much of an opinion of it. But, I know one thing, those kids are scary.

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  • nako murad baloch
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:26AM

    happy holi to all hindu community in PAKISTAN:)

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  • Vishal
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:28AM

    Happy Holi to our Pakistani Brothers and Sisters.
    And Thanks 4 wishing all Person above….

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  • Malatesh
    Mar 9, 2012 - 9:00AM

    @sat,
    Its not diwali, its holi yar.. :-) Thanks anyways for ur wishes.

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  • Vijay Nayyar
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:08PM

    O Hindus, Leave the cursed land of Pakistan to its Pure Muslims and come to India

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  • Salman
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:01PM

    please all hindus should leave for India. Thanks

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  • Pakistani First
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:08PM

    @Vijay Nayyar:
    Holi might not be a big thing for us Muslim Pakistanis but for the Hindus in this country it is surely like Eid. So please stop spreading hatred on this festive day. Live and let live.

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  • Hasan
    Mar 10, 2012 - 1:03AM

    @Vijay Nayyar:

    Spend more time worrying about the regular religious pogroms against Muslims, Christians and even lower-caste Hindus in that sewer you call ‘India’ and less time worrying about our religious minorities. If Pakistan is ‘cursed’, there is no word to describe how repulsive your nation is.

    For the Hindus of Pakistan, a very happy and warm Holi; enjoy the celebrations!

    H

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  • Desraj Nair
    Mar 10, 2012 - 8:43AM

    @Hasan:
    Don’t worry! We will send 150 millions muslims from India to Pakistan. Our gift to you. Enjoy

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  • kaalchakra
    Mar 10, 2012 - 9:02AM

    Heartwarming to see so much love for Hindu brothers and sisters from Pakistani muslim brothers and sisters. With many many more Faryals to come, this bond of mutual love and respect is bound to get stronger.

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